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allegoricus

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    West Sussex
  • Interests
    Photography, reading newspapers upside down
  • Towcar
    Mercedes E280
  • Caravan
    Bailey Unicorn Valencia (MkI)

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  1. No, they weren't, I doubled the wrong digit: it should say 2011. Thanks for responding. :-)
  2. Yeah, I know WD40 doesn't possess magical properties but, when the other fluids didn't work, I gave it a go. :-) I'll try Plus Gas and report back. I'm reluctant to be brutal if there's any other way. Thanks to you & Griff.
  3. Thanks for the suggestion but "Tourershine can't receive messages". was returned when I attempted to do this.
  4. The finish on the roof of our Bailey Unicorn Valencia (new in 2001) is breaking down. I've only ever cleaned the caravan myself, using soft brushes and Fenwick's Caravan Cleaner diluted in cold water according to recommendations.. Is this consistent with the lifespan of the finish? Has anyone experienced similar?
  5. The lock on one of the external lockers on our 2011 Bailey Unicorn Valencia is seized and i'm unable to fully insert the key. Fortunately the locker is the one that matters least - it gives access to that additional water tank (that we haven't bothered to use) so it hasn't been an urgent concern. However, we're now thinking of selling the caravan, so fixing it has risen to the top of to-do list! Over time I've tried squirting lubricant (silicon/WD40/locklube at different times) into the lock but without success and the lock (or at least the last pins within) remains stuck. Sho
  6. We arrived on our storage site to clean our caravan and discovered that we had been hosting squatters. No idea what kind of bird but they had built their nest on top of the hitch, even though it had been protected/concealed by the hitch cover. Fortunately the eggs were cold so the nest had been abandoned.
  7. I discovered, a week ago, that the finish on the roof of our Bailey Unicorn Valencia (new in 2001) is breaking down. I've only ever cleaned the caravan myself, using soft brushes and Fenwick's Caravan Cleaner diluted in cold water according to recommendations.. Is this consistent with the lifespan of the finish? Has anyone experienced similar? Thanks in advance for any responses/comments.
  8. CMC classifieds? Not familiar with this. Can you please elaborate? If it does, I'll be pleased to have the info via direct msg.
  9. What's the best way to sell a caravan? To a dealer, through a dealer acting as agent, advertise it (if so, where?). Would you include all the accessories, the awning, & so on? Any advice welcomed. Thanks, Peter
  10. To round off the discussion, I chose to go with the dearer quote and this repairer is dealing directly with the insurer. Thanks to all for your input. P
  11. The damage occurred in June, as we were departing for a week away. The day after our return I broke my left ankle on both sides so it's only now that I'm regaining sufficient mobility to deal with this. A ***** because we had decided we would sell the van this summer, but that's now going to have to wait until next year. I don't know whether will involve replacing the entire side of the van. Something has to account for the price difference! Thanks for your respective responses.
  12. A few months ago I manoeuvered the caravan too close to a fence at the storage site and a protruding bolt tore through the skin of the side. I've discussed this with the insurance company (Saga) and they've suggested I get quotes for the repair before deciding whether or not to claim. I had a quote of £600 plus materials (+VAT) from one local-ish company and, thinking it might be a bit high, asked another company to also quote. Their quote came in at £1300 plus materials (+VAT). Even the smaller of these is enough to be worth claiming on the insurance for (excess is £200), but which o
  13. Thanks for the contributions, everyone. "best but" should, of course, have been "best buy".
  14. Our originally acquired leisure battery has given up the ghost, so I need to buy a new one. Does the assembled throng have any opinions as to "best but" choices? The caravan is kept on a storage site with no mains charging facilities and has a mover. The retiring battery is 110A/h, branded "unnamed battery supplier" and has been in service since we bought the caravan in 2012 (and, yes, we need to do something about a Pv charging arrangement that actually works).
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